Rafi sang great songs without technological support: Big B

Published: November 26, 2012
Rafi would adjust his voice according to the song’s requirement before recording it. PHOTO: FILE

Rafi would adjust his voice according to the song’s requirement before recording it. PHOTO: FILE


Praising legendary singer Mohammad Rafi, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said: “It was amazing how Rafi sahab sang as melodiously as he did in absence of technology.”

Big B spoke at the launch of “Mohammed Rafi, My Abba — A Memoir”, a book written by the singer’s daughter-in-law Yasmin Rafi.

“When we look at the great amount of work that he has left behind, we must be astonished now because Rafi sahab rendered the songs at a time when the support of the technology was not there,” said Amitabh.

“Today’s music directors, technicians and singers, with all due respect, have the benefit of technology. You sing slightly besura [out of tune] and there is a lovely machine that puts you in tune,” added the 70-year-old, who has himself crooned some of his own songs.

The actor says he has great admiration for Rafi. “This is primarily because he lived through a time and performed through a time when he was not supported by the modern technology that we have today.”

Amitabh also spoke of Rafi’s versatility and recalled how he used to mould his voice according to the actor he sang for.

“Before singing a song for a particular actor, he used to ask, ‘Which actor am I singing this for?’ Then he would alter his voice accordingly,” he continued. “Whether he was singing for Shammi ji or whether it was for Dilip sahab, you felt that yes, this is Dilip Kumar singing or Shammi Kapoor singing. This is a quality which is very rare among the playback singers.”

Rafi is known for songs like “Chaudhvin ka Chand”, “Teri Aankhon ke Siva” and “Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho”.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • G. Din
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Besides being a great singer, he was a good man!


  • Ehsank
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Rafi, My fav


  • Cynical
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:23PM

    Besides being a great singer, he was a great human being.


  • anwar suhail
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Rafi had inimitable voice apt for all moods and seasons.
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  • anwar suhail
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Rafi has unique voice, apt for all moods, seasons and range. Besides he was a great human being.Recommend

  • gp65
    Dec 4, 2012 - 9:19AM

    Rafi, Lata, Kishore, Asha they literally acted through their voice. You could guess just by listening to the song who they were singing for. Their songs are evrgreen.

    As a couple of other people have said – Rafi was also a very good human. K.L Saigal was late for a concert and to keep the audience from becoming restive, young Rafi was asked to entertain them. This is how he got his first break in singing to a large audience.


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    You’ve a lot of intriguing ideas! Maybe I should to ponder trying this by my self.Recommend

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